Refuge Blood Orange Wit

This was the last beer I reviewed in California. I love blood oranges, so this was a no brainer for me.


ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It had the humblest of beginnings. A simple offer from tasting room locals completed changed the direction of the brewery and our brand. Ken and Tina have property up in the hills behind the brewery, and their land was filled with citrus and avocado trees from east to west. Amongst the grove of avocados, navel oranges, and lime trees grew a tree unlike the others. Its fruit was smaller, with dark burgundy pulp. Not having much experience with blood oranges, or fruit in general, we were not exactly sure how to brew with them. Nevertheless, we went for it and just added the whole fruit, peel and all, into a batch of Belgian Style Wit. The result was amazing, and almost overnight it became our best selling and most popular beer.”

Random: My parents went on vacation in Temecula and didn’t mention this brewery being there.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated rather rapidly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon-juice color. I could discern some carbonation. The nose was bright with not only blood oranges, but wheat and coriander and cracker. Citrus was the dominant scent. The taste was crisp with the same blood oranges, but the spice note was almost absent in the taste. The yeast was present in the form of biscuit, more than cracker on the taste. It also was missing the wheat, which made the beer a bit boring for me. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus peel. A can of this was $5 ($.31 per ounce). Although I enjoyed that blood orange was highlighted here, it would have benefited from the spice being more present.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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